In the state of Roraima, forty years after the first gold rush, illegal gold miners are back en masse in Yanomami territory, favored since the arrival in power of Jair Bolsonaro. On the eve of the presidential election, the gold miners are trying to push their advantage.
Waikas (Brazil) - Seen from the sky, long yellowish spots tear the green coat of the Amazonian forest. Not far from the border with Venezuela, in the north of the Yanomami territory, gold panning routes follow one another along the Uraricoera river.
The pilot flies low but cannot get too close. He fears the threats as much as the numerous planes chartered by the gold miners, which skim the canopy to avoid radar. On the ground, the village of Waikas is in the front line. Here live the Yek'wana, one of the eight peoples present on this territory the size of Portugal.
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